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‘Some of us kids and grownups will miss the mute button’, A story of teaching through the pandemic

Kate Handy

(WBNG) -- For the past year those working in the world of education have had to roll with the ever-changing guidance from state and federal officials.

One teacher from the Southern Tier, Candor Central School District Teacher Kate Handy told 12 News about her experience of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a strange year for many, but especially those who were in the classroom in person or virtually.

"That was crazy because even though we knew about Google classroom nobody had done it solidly like that we were able to push assignments out but because of privacy issues we had to wait," Handy said. "I think some of us kids and grownups will miss the mute button at times."

Handy said she has never seen anything like this before throughout her more than two decades of teaching.

"I've seen a lot in 28 years but that was really bizarre and just to have the unknowns about COVID, we didn't know anything," she said.

After going home for what they thought would be two weeks suddenly became endless months. Handy said after days upon days of virtual learning they were ready to be back.

"They were just so excited to be back didn't care and I think that's kind of how we all feel we have to do to be safe to be here we'll do it," she said.

She says the students have been very good about wearing their masks

"I know that not everyone is a big fan of the masks but the kids are resilient they do whatever we ask them to do a for the most part they do it happily," she said.

Handy said it's all about the students and what's best for them.

"We've learned is that everyone wants what's best for the kids and even when we disagree and our beliefs are completely different at the end of the day, we all want what's best for kids," she old 12 News.

Handy said at the end of the day everyone just wants to get back to school.

Alex Ladstatter

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